The turnout and feedback for our Beyond the Grave giveaway was tremendous, and all signs point towards us doing more of these in the future.
And so it’s come to this. The final battle of Coldsnap, our first (and only) visit to the land of the Ice Age block, a set the bulk of which was released prior to the advent of the theme deck/intro pack. My opponent for the evening is none other than Sam- who but her could we ask to pilot the Green/Red beatfest known as Aurochs Stampede?
Our final trek through the frosty wastes of Coldsnap, fittingly enough, brings us to Snowscape. Don’t let the name fool you- this Blue/Black midrange deck is no Winter wonderland, but rather its filled with Zombies, Wizards, and other sinister powers which aren’t afraid to let a little cold stand in their way- indeed, they thrive on it.
Time to take our giveaway deck into battle! When we broke it apart, Beyond the Grave looked to have a lot of complicated and intricate machinery under the hood. Of course, what good is any of it if it doesn’t actually perform once you get it on the road, so I challenged Sam to the usual trio of games to try it on for size.
Everything is scarce during an ice age except snow and death- which makes it a great time to be a necromancer!
That little blurb from the back of the deck’s box tells you exactly what you need to know about Beyond the Grave, Coldsnap’s tri-colour recursion/combo offering.
Fresh off the detour we took to cover Duel Decks: Knights vs Dragons, we’re back with our Coldsnap coverage and picking right up where we left off. In our last feature from this set, we took apart the Blue/White Kjeldoran Cunning deck to see how it was constructed.
Our next stop on our visit to Coldsnap is the curious White/Blue weenie-control hybrid deck that is Kjeldoran Cunning. Whereas Aurochs Stampede was largely a thematic addition, revisiting one of the more noted creatures from the original Ice Age set, this deck is an entirely new creation featuring one of Coldsnap’s unique mechanics, ripple.
Excited to give our giveaway deck a preliminary run-through, Jimi wasted no time in selecting Beyond the Grave to go up against the Red/Green might of the Aurochs Stampede. When we last scouted the deck, Stampede represented itself as a very straightforward beats-style deck with a tribal twist.Would it have the numbers needed to run roughshod over the recursive tricks of the set’s most complicated collection of 60 cards?
The story of Coldsnap is a story of riddles and mysteries. It may seem an odd time to begin the review of a Winter set at the outset of Spring, but as you’ll see there’s actually a certain resonance in doing so just days away from 01 April as well. The set was announced in October of 2005 to much fanfare, along with a very unusual story.